17: YP Perspective – Not Your Typical Counselors, Advisors + Advocates

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In this episode of UCYP, Tim + Megan have an Uphill Conversation with two young professional attorneys, George Campbell and Jordan Teague, who are not your typical counselors, advisors and advocates. Hear how they left behind the big firms to build something of their own.

Show Notes:

  • Benefit of having real word, practical business experience in the legal field
  • “Not every legal problem has a legal solution”
  • Value of having very different but complementary skill sets
  • Recognizing gaps in the market led to starting their own firm
  • Importance of being able to communicate and facilitate so that people from different backgrounds and with different skills can understand one another
  • Use someone else’s underestimation of you to your advantage
  • Misconceptions and fears around engaging an attorney
  • Misconception that attorneys are going to nickel-and-dime you
  • Best way to build a law practice is to gain your clients trust
  • Changing value propositions to be based more on knowledge and expertise than on production or hours
  • Not ideal to be in a situation where you are having to convince a client that your services are valuable
  • Importance of pursuing understanding of the value that different professionals offer, especially those outside of your area of expertise
  • Common pitfalls for YPs and businesses starting out
  • Value of creating strong relationships with others
  • George believes an attorney’s greatest calling is to be a counselor, advisor and an advocate – to make the world a better place, specifically in the area of truth

Guest Bios:

Jordan Teague Jordan received her B.A., magna cum laude, in Mathematics-Economics from Furman University, and her J.D. from Vanderbilt University. Jordan began her legal career at Burr & Forman in Birmingham, Alabama, serving Fortune 500 clients in the financial services industry.  She has experience in civil litigation and regulatory compliance.  She also has a passion for merging her understanding of law and technology to help her clients become more effective and efficient.  Jordan is a member in good standing of the Alabama Bar.Full bio here

George Campbell George was born in Greenville, South Carolina and found a passion for the Law at an early age.  He earned a degree in Spanish from Furman University, and obtained his law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was the inaugural Blackstock Scholar and the Chairman of the Moot Court Executive Board. Full bio here

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16: YP Perspective – The Changing Landscape of Media + Journalism

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On the episode of UCYP, Mary Willson joins Megan + Tim for a conversation on the changing landscape of media + journalism, elevating the community voice and hard work.

Show Notes

  • Innovation in digital media news through content curation: personalized media made for the busy person
  • Need for media to be collaborative, to elevate the community voice through creating conversation
  • Importance of media being unbiased and objective
  • The changing landscape of media + journalism
  • Still great value in longform journalism in print + digital media, including podcasts
  • Opinion pieces in media to start a conversation towards change
  • Finding balance in differing generational approaches to journalism
  • Accessibility to resources is so much greater now, but there are still “analog” skills and experiences that add incredible value
  • Challenge of not losing oneself (identity + individuality) in an overly-connected world +culture of consumption
  • Many younger YPs have never known true boredom due to easy accessibility to technology – i.e. social media, smart phones, etc.
  • Maintaining quality listening in a rapid-fire, sound-byte world
  • When you contribute, lead with quality + authenticity, not ego
  • Be intentional as you build your personal brand on social
  • Know your passion and put in the necessary hard work to align your career and purpose
  • Discovering your identity, setting goals, staying humble and mentoring others

Guest Bio – Mary Willson was on the founding team of GVLtoday, and has served as a producer and engagement editor. She’s launching AVLtoday in February 2018, and is excited to bring innovative media to Asheville. She moved to Greenville in April 2016 after graduating from Colorado State University in 2015 with a degree in communication studies and sociology. Before moving, she worked as a digital producer for the Fort Collins Coloradoan (part of the USAtoday network), working with social media strategy and multimedia projects. Before that, she worked as a freelance music writer, hosted a radio show, and interned at a local NPR station, an alt. weekly, and a handful of non-profits. She is in Leadership Greenville class of 44 and volunteers at Greenville Literacy Association.

Mary Willson’s Uphill Words of Wisdom

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15: UCYP – Whose Dream Is It?

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Megan and Tim have an Uphill Conversation on dreams – why people have trouble identifying their dreams and determine if the dream you’re pursuing is truly your own.

Show Notes: 

  • 4 reasons people why people have trouble identifying their dreams
  • Comfort can be something that stops us from pursuing our dreams
  • Having courage and confidence to go after your dream
  • When someone else owns your dream v. you owning your dream
  • It can be difficult to realize that you aren’t where you’re meant to be; to change direction and to do it without fear
  • “Whatever you think, be sure it is what you think; whatever you want, be sure that it is what you want; whatever you feel, be sure that it is what you feel.” – T.S. Eliot
  • Steps to take ownership of your dreams:
    • Be willing to bet on yourself
    • Lead your life instead of accepting your life
    • Love what you do and do what you love
    • Don’t compare yourself or your dream to others
    • Believe in your vision for the future even when others don’t understand you
  • You need to make the right decisions and manage those decisions
  • Begin with the end in mind, be intentional
  • Allow yourself to shift
  • Just because you can do something, or that you’re good at something, doesn’t mean that it’s what your ultimately meant to do
  • You need both talent and passion to truly achieve your potential
  • “I can’t give you my passion, but I can show it to you.”
  • What someone else thinks about you is none of your business
  • If you need to daily talk others into your dream, it might be an indication that this relationship isn’t meant to be
  • No matter your age, you can still make the changes necessary to pursue your dream

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© 2017 UCYP (Uphill Conversations Young Professionals) (UCYP is an Uphill Strategies, LLC production)
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